Fact Checked By:Richard Nathan
The Swiss visa application has to be downloaded from their official website. On this website, locate the ‘Visa application form’ option and click the arrow on the left to expand the sub-options. Out of the two sub-options, click on the ‘English German’ one to download the application form. In this section, you will get detailed information regarding the fill-up process of the Swiss visa application.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, the visa application form for Switzerland is not accepted online, and scheduling an appointment is not possible.
Provide personal details such as your name, marital status and passport details.
A valid proof of your residence status is required. B1/B2 visa holders are not eligible and neither are you eligible if you've a valid I797 but an expired visa stamp.
If you've been to the Schengen area in the past 59 months, try reaching out to the Swiss consulate requesting a mail-in application. As per the European Union:
Frequent travellers to the Schengen Area do not have to give new finger scans every time they apply for a new visa. Once finger scans are stored in VIS, they can be re-used for further visa applications over a 5-year period.
While this section is self-explanatory, make sure that you can provide evidence of the information you write. For those unemployed, write 'NA'.
Surname and first name of the inviting person(s) in the Member State(s). If not applicable, name of hotel(s) or temporary accommodation(s) in the Member State(s). For most travelers, this is the hotel's contact information. The details have to match those in your itinerary and hotel reservation.
You’ve to present evidence to prove that you can support your stay in Switzerland.. Use the Atlys tool above to find the minimum required balance.
After completing the application, make sure to sign it. Do not affix your photo on the application form.
You will have to provide details about your stay in Switzerland such as hotel accommodation, a copy of round trip flight tickets, and a rough schedule of planned activities. Use the Atlys tools to get them for free!
If you are invited by someone or a company to Switzerland or visiting friends, family, and relatives, then you will have to show a letter of invitation with the details of the host and guest. Along with the details of host and visitor, the invitation letter also has information about the duration and reason of the trip, including accommodation details, date, and signature of the host.
Photos for Schengen visa have to conform to ICAO standards.
Children require a Schengen visa to travel to Switzerland. In addition to all the standard documents, you’ve to provide the following.
A letter of employment is required to prove that you have an incentive to return to your home country. For students, this is a letter from the university confirming your full-time admission. The letter should consist of:
For homemakers or those unemployed, a letter of support from any individual/organization. This includes but is not limited to your spouse or parents too.
The insurance should cover:
The right time to apply for the Switzerland tourist:
Proof of accommodation is a tentative itinerary showing your flight tickets & hotel stay but not yet purchased.
Yes, you can re-apply for a Swiss tourist visa if it has been refused.
Many qualify however, showing a bank statement is the most straightforward. You can also use one of these:
invoices of prepaid travels and accommodations
attested documents showing spouse’s consent in covering the expenses, etc.
Other types of visas and document requirements
Short-term work visa: Reference letter of the U.S. employer mentioning profile, salary, date of hiring, dates of vacation, and itinerary.
Self-employed: Your business existence proof and the client’s details you intend to meet in Switzerland. The proof of income from the business.
Foreign students on F-1 visa: A valid I-20, reference letter from an educational institution, education details, and expected date of the end of graduation course.
The visa sticker contains information on the visa’s validity period and the duration of the authorized stay. A visa can be issued for one entry or multiple entries. The maximum duration of stay is shown on the visa sticker, and it varies according to the reasons for your stay. What you must remember
You can appeal the decision if you believe that there was no mistake in your application. However, you will not get a refund of the original fees.
The Member State competent to handle a request visa and decide on it is the one whose territory constitutes the sole destination (or main) or the trips.
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